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Crown Prince Puts Royal Seal on Nations Cup

The Nations Cup begins next month (August 6-10) in Middelfart, Denmark and some new match racing talent has been added to the bill in the shape of Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark will be contesting an exhibition match on August 8 at 11.10am.

As an international class sailor who finished fourth in the Dragon-class boat at the 2003 European Championships and a former Danish navy seal, the Crown Prince is at home on the water. He will need to be because he is up against Denmark’s latest match racing young gun, the 23-year-old Nicolai Sehested, who is ranked 14th in the world and will be leading Denmark's charge in the Nations Cup.


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Sakamoto Breezes into Nations Cup Final after Vladivostok Surprise

Wataru Sakamoto defied home advantage and the rankings to win the Asia regional final of the ISAF Nations Cup in Vladivostok and qualify for the Grand Final in Middelfart, Denmark on August 6-10.

After three days racing in Platu 25s in stable 6-12 knot south-easterly winds at the Seven Feet Yacht Club on the waters of Amursky Bay, Sakamoto dominated Singapore’s Maximilian Soh in the final on Sunday, reeling off three successive victories. Soh will also get a wildcard to the Grand Final in Middelfart.

Japan and Singapore join the USA, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Sweden, Finland, Australia, New Zealand and of course, Denmark in the Open category of the Grand Final.

For an elated Sakamoto, coached by the Laurie Jury, the winner of the last Nations Cup in 2011, it was third time lucky in Vladivostok.

“For sure, it a surprise to win, in spite of aiming it every time,” Sakamoto said. “I’m very happy as it is our third time to challenge in Vladivostok and we didn’t succeed to get the golden medal before.”


Ogeman Beats Dying Winds to Fly Swedish Flag in Denmark

After winning the European regional final of the Nations Cup in Lelystad this weekend, Viktor Ogeman, the young Swedish skipper, said his experience in the DS37 boat could give him an edge in the grand final of the Nations Cup in Middelfart, Denmark, in August.

With his two crewmates - Herman Andersson (bow/pit/trim) and Patrik Sturesson (tactics/main) – match racing on the B/One boats, Ogeman came from a flight down in the semi-final against Denmark’s Joachim Aschenbrenner before beating Finland’s Staffan Lindberg in the final 2-0 in dying winds on Sunday.

“It’s a great feeling,” Ogeman said. “We came to Lelystad feeling that we had the potential to beat the other sailors if we sailed on our top level, which we managed to do. We had a good feeling in the boat in the finals on Sunday, we felt confident in out speed and tactical decisions, and I think this gave us the edge we needed.”


Viltoft Crowned Prince of Nations Cup Qualifier

After winning the Danish qualifier of the 2013 Nations Cup, Rasmus Viltoft is looking forward to his first ISAF grand final, in Middelfart in August. The spotlight will be on the home favourite even more with the news that His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark will be there to watch. “It’s a dream come true to be able to sail an event of such great international importance in Denmark,” Viltoft said. “This is beyond anything I have ever attempted before.”


Brazil’s young hotshot Juliana Senfft look forward to Middelfart

Juliana Senfft, one of the new generation of skippers from the sailing hotbed of Brazil, hopes to be a match racing missionary at the ISAF Nations Cup Grand Final in Denmark this August, she said.

Senfft became the first woman to qualify for the Nations Cup grand final in Middelfart, Denmark, on August 6-10 after a 4-2 victory over arch-rivals Argentina in the South American regional final at the Club Náutico Mar del Plata on Sunday.

“Denmark is a great place for match racing,” The 24-year-old Senfft said. “We’ll have to be on top of our game there and hopefully we can get more people to understand it and that they’ll come and watch.”


Brazil wins in Argentine waters

Brazil scored a double victory in Mar del Plata on Easter Sunday, with their women’s and men’s match racing crews beating Argentina to qualify for the grand final of the Nations Cup in Middelfart, Denmark on August 6-10.

Skippers Henrique Haddad and Juliana Senft emerged victorious after another tough day of competition against the home team rivals. Both the women’s and open categories of the South American regional final of the Nations Cup, organised by the Club Nautico Mar del Plata, were tied 2-all after Saturday, but Brazil dominated Easter Sunday. With the first to score 4 points the winner, the pressure was immediately on.

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